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    Pride Grows its Reach

    Three gas stations purchased from Inland Gasoline Stations Inc.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Pride Stations and Stores, operator of 18 convenience stores, expanded its portfolio with the purchase of three self-service gasoline stations from Inland Gasoline Stations Inc. for an undisclosed price, reported The Republican.

    The owners of Inland, Treasurer James M. Burek and President Joseph W. Burek, sold the stations because they are ready to retire and "we have no one in the family to leave it to," James Burek, told the paper.

    The Bureks started the business in 1963, and at its peak, had a dozen stations. Yesterday, they sold their remaining three stations to Pride. The locations' 12 employees will remain, and James Burek will work with Pride to help with the transition for a month or so, he said.

    Pride bought the stations because "we wanted to continue growing and they were available for sale, and so we purchased them," Robert L. Bolduc, president of Pride, told the paper. He added that convenience stores will be added to the three stations next year, and the CITGO signs will be changed to Pride banners.

    The purchase brings Pride's number of locations to 21, with four additional locations under construction that will open next year in Ludlow, Springfield and Westfield, Mass.

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